Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour 9 Days
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Many things were said about this trail/road, mostly about the war. The original trail was created in 1959 and served the war in 6,000 days. Now Offroad Vietnam invites you to venture down this road and see what the current tail/road looks like. Starting from Hanoi, we take you to the mountain in North Vietnam via Phu Yen and Mai Chau before head down South. This offers the snaking mountain roads, hill tribe people customs and traditions because it’s hard to find in Southern part of the country. During the war it is an important trail, nowadays it’s an important road connecting North and South Vietnam. After two days in North Vietnam, we ride to Hoi An via Tan Ky, Phong Nha National Park, Dong Hoi, Khe Sanh Combat Base and Hue former Imperial City. If you have more time, extend the trip on the second part of the Trail/Road all the way to Saigon via the Central Highlands (Kon Tum, Buon Ma Thuot, Dalat), Nha Trang and Cat Tien National Park. This is really a big trip passing through many provinces and retracing some parts featured in the Top Gear Vietnam Special show. A real opportunity to experience Vietnam on two motorcycle beyond the way BBC’s Top Gear Vietnam show was created. Just tell us your time frame and we will get back with the best itinerary that works with your time frame.
Please note that Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road rides cost more than our standard rides as we have to pay the guide(s) and bikes back to Hanoi. In addition, food and hotel in South Vietnam cost more than in the Northern part. We also recommend you to bring your riding gear as if you rent all from us, our guide may not be able to carry them back to Hanoi and surcharge may be applied.
Ho Chi Minh Trail 9 Days Motorbike Tour is the name of the trip, it doesn’t mean we ride mainly on the old trail. The government already built a new highway on most of the original trail. However, we still have some parts on tracks and short-cuts that offer off-road riders a chance to test out their riding skills. The riding hours are longer than a Northern Vietnam trip, however the scenery is not as beautiful as in North Vietnam. It’s more about Vietnam War!
Ride participants are to make their own travel arrangements to Hanoi from their own country. We are happy to assist with hotel and transfer bookings in Hanoi where necessary. Once the tour is finished in Hoi An, ride participants are free to make their way further south or return to Hanoi. Once again, these arrangements are not included in the tour but we are happy to assist with bookings.
Ho Chi Minh Trail 9 days motorbike tour itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Hanoi – Phu Yen. Day 2: Phu Yen – Mai Chau. Day 3: Mai Chau – Tan Ky. Day 4: Tan Ky – Phong Nha. Day 5: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi. Day 6: Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh. Day 7: Khe Sanh – Hue. Day 8: Hue – Hoi An. Day 9: Hoi An.
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour – Phu Yen (165 km, ~6 hours riding)
Ride to Phu Yen on country road with a stop in Son Tay. On November 20-21, 1970, a joint force composed of USAF Special Operations and rescue personnel and U.S. Army Special Forces, supported by U.S. Navy Carrier Task Force 77, made a daring raid on the Son Tay prison camp located less than 50 miles from Hanoi. The objective was to rescue as many as 100 U.S. captives thought to be held there. The assault troops, in six ARRS helicopters accompanied by two C-130 aircraft, flew 640km to Son Tay from bases in Thailand. U.S. Navy pilots made a diversionary raid while 116 USAF and Navy aircraft from seven air bases and three aircraft carriers flew refueling, surface-to-air missile suppression, fighter cover, close air support, early warning, communications support and reconnaissance missions. There was no prisoners found in camp.
After lunch, ride on the winding mountain road to Phu Yen to take in some of the best mountain views in Northwest Vietnam. Overnighting in a hotel.(L, D)
Day 2: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour – Mai Chau (145 km, 5 hours riding)
There are many small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau so we’ll take the chance to ride out to isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages. We will take on the challenge of an old road built by the French army and spend the afternoon exploring nearby villages. Overnight in a Thai ethnicity stilt house in Mai Chau. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Mai Chau Motorbike Tour – Tan Ky (290 km, 9 hours riding)
Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Tan Ky Motorbike Tour – Phong Nha (280 km, 8 hours riding)
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride.
Ride all the way to Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful cave in Vietnam and Indochina and is now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geographic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Phong Nha Motorbike Tour – Dong Hoi (60 km, 2 hours riding)
Boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. Then we drive down to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, which was heavily shelled by US warships during the war. At a hotel over looking the beach, we can take in some sunbathing by the beach. Overnight in Dong Hoi. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Dong Hoi Motorbike Tour – Khe Sanh (200 km, 6 hours riding)
We strike south through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the Vinh Moc tunnel, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam, the Truong Son Cemetery and finally Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Overnight in Khe Sanh. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Khe Sanh Motorbike Tour – Hue (180 km, 7 hours riding)
In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Hamburger Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we arrive at A Luoi, where there are many Bru Van hill tribe people. Then, cruising through green back country down the steep Me Oi Pass, we continue on to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight in Hue. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Hue Motorbike Tour – Hoi An (145 km, 5 hours riding)
See the Forbidden Citadel in the morning. Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight in Hoi An. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Hoi An. Farewell lunch
Those who wish can ride up to My Khe beach, where US marines first landed, otherwise enjoy a free day to explore Hoi An by foot or by motorbike taxi. With fine wining and dining (including a range of Hoi An specialities), impressive architecture, fantastic tailoring, endless shopping, and a glorious beach, there is no shortage of activities to indulge in. After lunch, we will say goodbye and our guide flies back to Hanoi from Danang. (B, L)
There are two options: Return to Hanoi on train or by air or go down South on your own.
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